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Monday, January 15, 2018

New Great Granddaughter

Doesn't Vivi just look so peaceful and content? She is truly a perfect little Gift from God.
Welcome,  Vivian Lee,  born January 11, 2018;  Vivian is the daughter of Granddaughter Brooke and her husband Tristan. Vivian was 8 pounds and was 21.5 inches long, and was born at 6:11 a.m.


My beautiful Granddaughter Brooke married her Navy man, Tristan,  on 6/17/16.



I took this picture in December of 2016--and have never seen two such happy Young Adults.



Then on 1/10/18---these two hurried to the hospital.



There--they are waiting for the arrival of a precious baby girl.



Then after a long long hard labor (28 hours),  Miss Vivi came into the world (on 1/11).   WOW---what a blessing to see this little bundle of joy.



Here's another picture showing Little Vivi.



This is Mimi (Lara),  Vivi's Grandmother.  She was a trooper during the 28 hours of labor.. She was the only person I think who didn't sleep.   I remember the joy of being a Grandmother for the first time.   Such Joy!!!



And,  here is a picture of Brooke's sister,  Bay, holding her niece.  Bay and Lara were both there from Texas for the birth.  Bay is so excited to be the very best Aunt she can be!!!!



Now let's switch gears!!!!   This picture was taken on March 6, 1997, when Brooke was born.  That is her Dad  (son Mark) and her Mom (Lara).    (Brooke herself --like Vivian--was a big baby weighing  9 lb 12 oz at birth!!)



Also,  in 1997,   Daddy Mark is making his daughter Brooke smile.  Speaking of Mark,  he came down with that terrible FLU last weekend,  so he has to wait a little while before seeing his Granddaughter Vivian.   He will be known as Pappa,  and he cannot wait to see them.  I cannot wait to see him holding that precious granddaughter  for the first time!!!!   This birth is especially timely for Mark since he lost his wife in August.  There's DEATH---and then there is LIFE.   Thanks be to God.



One more picture from 1997:  This is Brooke and you can definitely see the resemblance between her and her daughter.  Brooke was always smiling --just like her Daddy.


VIVIAN LEE  (Vivi) at 2 days of age!

Here's one more picture of my adorable GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER.  This is my favorite one SO FAR... Mom and Dad are just leaving from the hospital to go HOME.  I'm sure I'll have many more pictures to share as time passes.   She's the first BABY in our family in about 20 years --so you can imagine the excitement all of us have.

And for Brooke and Tristan,  CONGRATULATIONS.... Your life will never the be same!

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One more thing:   A huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to son Mark TODAY....Mark was born on January 15, 1970...... Hope you have a good day,  Honey!


Hugs,

39 comments:

Ann said...

She is adorable. Congratulations to the proud parents.

Big Dude said...

Congrats on the great grand - sure hope we don't have one for a while.

George said...

What a nice welcome for beautiful Vivian Lee!

linda m said...

Those are some great pictures. I am so happy for everyone. A big welcome to Vivian Lee.

Dorothy said...

Wonderful pictures, Betsy! Enjoyed this blog post very much! Precious!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Vivian Lee is a beautiful baby. Congrats to you and the whole family!

Happy Birthday to your son! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Annie Jeffries said...

What a joyful story, Betsy. Little Vivi is adorable. So much happiness with the advent of new life.

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a lovely little girl she is and how much joy she'll bring to Tristan and Brooke over the years. Happy birthday to. Mark; I hope he gets his hands on that baby soon!
Congratulations to you all!

Marcia said...

Such a joy to welcome a ew one to the family.

This weekend we have been hosting our youngest granddaughter while her parents had their first weekend away since her birth in July. It has been so much fun. They will arrive back here at noon to pick her up. She's fast asleep for her morning nap right now.

LV said...

You did a super job showing off your wonderful family. Nothing more precious than a sweet baby.

Rose said...

Oh, such sweet photos! I know you are over the moon with joy, as you should be. Loved seeing these!

Kay said...

I am just loving your gorgeous photos! Congratulations! You have such a beautiful family. Vivian is absolutely precious!




















Ruth Hiebert said...

Vivi is such a beautiful little sweetheart.She is sure to bring joy to the parents,grandparents and even great grandma.What a blessing such a little life is!

A Colorful World said...

I remember well the joy of becoming a mother, and later a grandmother! Your heart feels like bursting...God is SO good! Welcome to the little one, and blessings to this happy family (and they DO look happy!) Cute shot of the Mom & Dad of the new Mom! :-)

Lady Fi said...

Awww - she is adorable! Congratulations.

Betsy said...

Oh Betsy, she is adorable! Congratulations to the entire family. Babies are such a beacon of hope to us all. Prayers for Mark too, that he will soon be well enough to visit this precious little girl. Happy Birthday to Mark too!
Blessings,
Betsy

Ginny Hartzler said...

She is so innocent and beautiful! And they are now on the journey of a lifetime! I remember the picture in the chair!

Susie Swanson said...

So precious. There's so much joy and happiness in having a precious baby In the family. I'm so happy for you all and a Big Congratulations to all. Hugs and love.

diane b said...

What a lovely couple and now with a cute baby. It sounded hard work for Brooke. Lovely for mark to have a granddaughter after his loss.Congrats to you great grandma.

Barb said...

I love seeing little Vivi. She's perfect! I hope it doesn't take her long to train her family!

Linda at To Behold The Beauty said...

Such a beautiful baby. Congratulations to all!

Lowcarb team member said...

Oh what a joyful post.
So lovely to see all of your photographs.
A big, big welcome to Vivian Lee, she is adorable.

My congratulations and good wishes to all the family and a Happy Birthday to Mark.

All the best Jan

Lynda said...

She truly is beautiful. God gives phenomenal gifts to HIS children!!! 28 hours of labor - -- bless her.
Some of the best people are born in January!
Praying she stays healthy during this very germs winter. Tell your granddaughter not to hesitate to be a MamaBear and insist on people washing hands before holding her or even saying they only want family in her face until she is at least a month old. But - - we can't give them advice. They will appreciate it as much as I did when my mother-in-law shared hers. Lol.
Thank you for the pictures - - they are wonderful. So glad, too, for Mark. God has a way of timing things to help healing!

Wendy said...

What happy happy happy news! Congrats on being a Great Grandma!
Beautiful smiles from everyone.
Such a joyful post.
God bless

The Furry Gnome said...

Congrats Great-Gramma!

Chatty Crone said...

Congrats to you and your family - she is a sweetheart. I wish I had a granddaughter.

BeachGypsy said...

Happy happy happy news!! Sweet little bundle of joy!! Congratulations to your family.

Linda G. said...

Vivi is adorable. I hope you and George are able to meet your great granddaughter in person some day soon!

Betsy said...

What a beautiful Great Grand Girl! Congratulations to all!
betsy

David said...

Betsy, Congratulations!! In my case, I have a while to go before I'll have a married grandchild, much less a great grandchild... Our oldest grandson is just 17 as my son and his wife married at about 30 years old and started their family a little later. Wishing everyone the very best! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations!!!! I popped on at the perfect time to see such a wonderful post. Absolutely perfectly precious.

Janice K said...

Oh, she is beautiful!

Dee said...

Dear Betsy, thank you for sharing Vivi's birth with us and for putting her in the context of your family tree. How wonderful, after 20 years, to have a new baby with all the joy that brings. Peace.

Connie said...

Aw, she is so sweet. Congratulations all around!

Crystal Mary said...

You have a lovely G/granddaughter Betsy, and every reason to be proud. Everyone looks truly happy in the photos. God is so good. xxx

Happytrails said...

Congratulations to Brooke and Tristan, to grandparents and great-grandparents. Vivi is so precious looking and a bundle of joy to come.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

This is so exciting! She's perfect. Congratulations!

Linda said...

Aww, what a beautiful baby! Congratulations to everyone!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Such a precious, beautiful little bundle of joy! Congrats to all the family!!
I thought I'd commented already, glad I came back and checked. Have a great weekend! xx Cheryl